Pierre Huyghe was born in 1962 in Paris, France. He attended the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris (1982–85). Employing folly, leisure, adventure, and celebration in creating art, Huyghe’s films, installations, and public events range from a small-town parade to a puppet theater, from a model amusement park to an expedition to Antarctica. By filming staged scenarios (such as a re-creation of the true-life bank robbery featured in the movie, “Dog Day Afternoon”), Huyghe probes the capacity of cinema to distort and ultimately shape memory. While blurring the traditional distinction between fiction and reality—and revealing the experience of fiction to be as palpable as anything in daily life—Huyghe’s playful work often addresses complex social topics, such as the yearning for utopia, the lure of spectacle in mass media, and the impact of Modernism on contemporary values and belief systems. He has received many awards, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Hugo Boss Prize (2002); the Special Award from the Jury of the Venice Biennial (2001); and a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Fellowship (1999–2000). Huyghe has had solo exhibitions at Tate Modern, London, and ARC, Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2006); Carpenter Center, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts (2004); Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (2004); Dia Center for the Arts, New York (2003); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2003); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2000); and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2000). The Public Art Fund commissioned Huyghe to create “A Journey that Wasn’t” (2006), which included an expedition to Antarctica, a performance in Central Park, and a video installation at the Whitney Biennial in New York. Huyghe lives and works in Paris and New York.

Pierre Huyghe
Antony, 1962

Current Exhibitions

08 Jul — 07 Sep
Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo presents two shows in Catania this summer at Palazzo Biscari. The first, an environmental...

Past Exhibitions

Sanguine: Luc Tuymans on Baroque

Fondazione Prada, Milan
18/10/2018 — 25/02/2019

Pierre Huyghe

Serpentine Galleries
03/10/2018 — 10/02/2019

What do you dream of? The Mohole Flower and other tales

Galeria Luisa Strina
21/08/2018 — 27/10/2018

Rien Ne Nous Appartient : Offrir

Fondation d’entreprise Ricard / Art contemporain
27/03/2017 — 06/05/2017

Pierre Huyghe: Untitled (Human Mask)

Guggenheim Bilbao
30/03/2017 — 16/07/2017

Solo Shows

‘Skulptur Projekte 2017’, LWL-Museum für Kusnt und Kultur, Münster, Germany
‘Pierre Huyghe’, Espace Louis Vuitton Venice, Venice, Italy
‘Pierre Huyghe, ‘Untitled (Human Mask)’, David Winston Bell, Providence, RI
‘Pierre Huyghe, ’Untitled (Human Mask)’, Copenhagen Contemporary, Copenhagen, Denmark
‘Pierre Huyghe. Untitled (Human Mask)’, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain

The Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, ‘Pierre Huyghe – Untilled Host’, Tokyo, Japan

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘The Roof Garden Commission Pierre Huyghe’, New York NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ‘Human Mask’, New York NY
Mumbai Art Room, ‘Pierre Huyghe: Human Mask’ Mumbai, India
Taro Nasu Gallery, ‘Pierre Huyghe’, Toyko, Japan
FRAC Midi Pyrénées, ‘Chambre d‘écho no. 2: Pierre Huyghe – Les Abattoirs’, Toulouse, France
TarraWara Museum of Art, ‘Pierre Huyghe’, Tarrawara, Australia

Hauser & Wirth, ‘IN. BORDER. DEEP’, London, England
LACMA Los Angeles County Museum, ‘Pierre Huyghe’, Los Angeles CA
(Travelling Exhibition) Ludwig Museum, ‘Pierre Huyghe’, Cologne, Germany (Travelling Exhibition) The Artist’s Institute, ‘Pierre Huyghe’, New York NY
Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, ‘The Host and The Cloud’, Barcelona, Spain

Group Shows

Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellin (MAMM), ‘Multinaturalists’, Medellín, Colombia
Sunray Cinema, ‘Sleeping Giant Fest’, Jacksonville, Florida
The Jewish Museum, ‘The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin’, New York NY

Kröller-Müller Museum, ‘Nature Based’, Otterlo, Netherlands
Palais de Tokyo, ‘Tino Sehgal’, Paris, France
Punta Della Dogana, ‘Accrochage’, Venice, Italy
MANIFESTA 11, ‘What People Do for Money: Some Joint Ventures’, Zurich, Switzerland
São Paulo Biennial, São Paulo, Brazil
Fridericianum, ‘Images’, Kassel, Germany
Moderna Museet, ‘Life Itself’, Stockholm, Sweden
Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, ‘Objects Do Things’, Warsaw, Poland
Miguel Abreu Gallery, ‘In Place Of’, New York NY
Modern Art Oxford, ‘KALEIDOSCOPE: Celebrating 50 Inspirational Years’, Oxford, England
ZKM Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, ‘Reset Modernity!’ Karlsruhe, Germany GAM – Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, ‘Organisms’, Turin, Italy

14th Istanbul Biennial, ‘Saltwater: a Theory of Thought Forms’, Istanbul, Turkey Haus der Kulturen der Welt, ‘Ape Culture’, Berlin, Germany
MALBA Museum de arte Latino Americano, ‘Infinite Experience’, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Samstag Museum, ‘do it (adelaide)’, Adelaide, Australia
Kunstverein Hannover, ‘Digital Conditions’, Hannover, Germany
Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce, ‘Andy Warhol sui como, Genoa, Italy MABSociety, ‘The BANK Show, Vive le Capital‘, Shanghia, China
Galerie Max Heltzer, ‘Open Source: Art At the Eclipse of Capitalism‘, Paris, France Contemporary Art Center, ‘Grazed Images’, Vilnius, Lithuania
La Maison Rouge, ‘Et In Libertalia Ego’, Paris, France
AdK- Akademie der Künst, ‘To the Sound of the Closing Door’, Berlin, Germany Kunstareal Münichen, ‘Creating Realities – Begegnungen Zwischen Kunst Und KIno’, Munich, Germany
Sextant et plus – friche belle de mai, ‘Fomo‘, Marseille, France
Villa Flora Winterthur- Sammlung Hahnioser, ‘Drawings from the Ringier Collection Chapter I, Winterthur, Switzerland
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, ‘White Fire. The Kunstmuseum Basel Modern Collection‘, Madrid, Spain

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Antony Country of birth: France Date of birth: 1962 Lives in: Santiago, Chile and New York, USA